Is this a "once in a lifetime" event? Will we all be gone the next time a scientific phenomenon happens again? Nope - we'll be here and it's going to be here sooner than you probably guessed. 

People have been talking about us not having seen a total solar eclipse in 100 years. There was an eclipse in 1979 but after today, when will it happen again? Will we be alive?

Solar eclipses happen every 18 months somewhere in the world. Just ask Mr. Eclipse.

If you missed the eclipse (eh hem...Chris) or just didn't care to take a peek toward the sky with your glasses, there will be another one in just seven years. You may have to travel to see this one but if you're anything like the millions who traveled to the path of totality and were offering $1,500 to get on a seat to Boise so you could end up in Idaho City, Weiser or Ontario to see the 100% obscuration of the moon over the sun. Also, is "obscuration" even a word and did I use it correctly?

Anyway, there's going to be another eclipse on April 8, 2024 where the moon will completely block out the sun across the United States. The path runs from Texas to Maine. Places like Dallas, Texas and Cleveland, Ohio and Buffalo, New York will be in the path of totality. However, the surrounding cities will also experience the eclipse like we did in Boise.

Don't want to travel and think that we'll never get to be in this place in life and see the eclipse from our own hometown? Good news: You're wrong. This will happen again. Put this in your phone so an alert pops up 28 years from now letting you know that, in fact, a total solar eclipse will cross the United States on August 12, 2045.

Upcoming eclipses: 

  • April 8, 2024 - total solar eclipse (travel will be necessary but still in the U.S.)
  • October 14, 2023 - ring of fire eclipse
  • August 12, 2045 - total solar eclipse (from home)

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